Fiscal Court passes budget, donates surplus property

By Brittany Wise bwise@civitasmedia.com

May 16, 2014

Grayson County Fiscal Court voted to approve this year’s $16.7 million budget during their regular monthly meeting on Friday morning, May 16.

According to the group’s budget summary, the majority of the county’s funds, just over 59 percent, come from the Detention Center. The next largest amount, at 21.6 percent, from the road department; followed by 15.1 percent from the general fund, approximately 3.7 percent from E-911 and 0.54 percent from Local Government Economic Assistance funds.

The group also voted to approve the county tourism board’s budget, noting that the amount coming in from tourism could be down somewhat due to the recent closure of Hatfield Inn during the hotel’s renovations.

Board of Health and Hospital Board budgets were also passed unanimously.

In other county news:

- Chief Deputy Jason Woosley stood in for Jailer Darwin Dennison at the meeting, and asked the court to donate a used Gator UTV which the jail was no longer using to the Caneyville Fire Department.

Woosley explained that the fire department was currently looking for such a vehicle to purchase and that the jail’s UTV needed repairs and was not in use at this time.

The group voted to designate the item as surplus and donate it to the fire station.

- Woosley also asked the court to approve the detention center’s policies and procedures in advance of their regular inspection coming up on May 29.

No change has been made in the policies and procedures since last year’s approval, and the group voted unanimously to approve them again for 2014.

- Judge Executive Gary Logsdon suggested that the court reinstate six paid positions for college students which would last for the summer and pay $8 per hour.

The group voted all in favor of adding these summer positions.

- The Co-op County Road Aid Resolution was passed, which brings in funds from state fuel taxes to be used on county road improvements.

While earlier rumors had suggested funds may be down by as much as $100,000 this year, the fiscal court was pleased the amount had actually increased approximately $712,000 to a total amount of more than $1.75 million dollars.

- Logsdon reminded campaigning politicians in attendance that on election day, all political signage within 300 feet of a voting precinct’s front door will need to be removed.

He said that red flags will be placed to mark the boundaries, and Grayson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Tony Willen, who stood in for Sheriff Rick Clemons at the meeting, said that his department would be checking voting locations to ensure that the rules are being followed.

County Clerk Sherry Weedman said that there are currently a number of signs that will need to be removed prior to Tuesday’s primary election voting.